FCC Sets Comment Dates on National TV Ownership Caps

In December, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to review the national ownership cap for over-the-air television. The cap limits one owner from having attributable interests in television stations reaching more than 39 percent of the national audience. The date for initial comments is now set for February 26.

The date for the reply comments is set for March 27. The NPRM asks two fundamental questions – does the FCC have the authority to amend the cap, and if does, should it use that authority to make changes now?

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